Minnesota Man Claims He Took Drugs & Had Sex with Barack Obama in 1999

Barack Obama now faces a new challenge - one that is sure to be much more scandalous than anything he's seen so far. If the allegations are to be believed, it's also a scandal that his campaign has tried to cover up. A Minnesota man has come forth, claiming that he took cocaine in 1999 with Obama, the then-Illinois legislator, and participated in homosexual acts with him.

Larry Sinclair, the man making the claims, said his story was ignored by the news media. Still not willing to let this one slip quietly under the rug, Sinclair made a YouTube video in which he made his case. It's had over half a million views already, but the story has still been largely ignored by the news media.

Sinclair's next step was to file a suit in Minnesota District Court, in which he alleges threats and intimidation by the Democratic presidential candidate's staff.

Still out to prove that he is telling the truth, Sinclair said he is willing to submit to a polygraph test. A website (WhiteHouse.com) has come forth offering him $10,000 for the right to record the polygraph test, and another $100,000 if he passes it.

Sinclair lives in Duluth, Minnesota, and in his filing, charges that his civil rights have been violated by Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. Obama, David Axelrod of AKP Message & Media in Chicago, and the Democratic National Committee have been named as defendants in the case.

Sinclair, who describes himself as gay, claims they met in an upscale Chicago lounge. They left in Sinclair's limo, where the drug use and sex allegedly took place for the first time. Sinclair says that Obama smoked crack cocaine, and that he snorted powder cocaine provided by Obama.

Sinclair, 46, says that he no longer uses drugs. He claims to be physically disabled, but says that he was not physically impaired in 1999 when they met.

Regarding the claims, Sinclair said:

"My motivation for making this public is my desire for a presidential candidate to be honest. I didn't want the sex thing to come out. But I think it is important for the candidate to be honest about his drug use as late as 1999."

Check out Larry Sinclair's YouTube Videos and his claims against Barack Obama:

There are several other videos he made in response to the first video, and other's inquiries. Check those out here.


The fact this story has been on Youtube for a while, having not been addressed by the mainstream media outlets, is within itself something to question. I voted for Obama in SC. I am a proud african american. In being fair, I think Clinton is a very qualified, likeable, experienced equal candidate as well. However, since voting, I am having buyer's remorse! I want to person appology to Mrs. Clinton for not voting for her. I have noticed in the media (all networks - including Fox), Obama receives better coverage than Clinton. The media covers him with more positive spin, there are no discussions or challenging him on the issues. On the other hand, Clinton receives less coverage, more negative spin, she is constantly challenged on her every move and word. Clinton has even challenged on her hair and wardrobe selections! Are the candidate really competing with each other? Or - are the networks competing with themselves in the selling of each candidates for higher ratings?! By the power of suggestion, are the media networks marketing and selecting our presidential candidates? Over the months, it's becoming increasing visible the media favors Obama to Clinton! Which should be of no surprise, as Obama's campaign organization is managed by a media guru. However, from my perception, there is a disturbing trend happening with in the media's coverage of the two candidates. No networks or person, wants to be perceived as a raciest, therefore its appears more and more, Obama is getting special treatment with the networks because of this fact. Clinton is not being afforded the same consideration, yet she too, is a morality..... must we not forget. It's seems to be now acceptable with the networks to be a sexist?! Equal rights means equal for all!

YouTube, which is owned by Google, Inc., has allegedly attempted to suppress the popularity of Larry Sinclair’s online videos.

Suppressing the videos’ prominence would dramatically affect the number of YouTubers who actually see them. The view count of Sinclair’s main video has increased by over 100,000 in the last week, but the video is not listed in the YouTube “Most Viewed List” for this week. Also, the “Daily,” “Weekly” and “Monthly Honors” for “Most Discussed” videos on the site have not been updated in recent days. The Sinclair video has substantially more comments and views (about 350,000 as of this writing) than many other popular news and politics videos.

Google, the parent company of YouTube, has not responded to request for comment on this matter, but its founders have said publicly that they are Obama supporters.

Obama is most certainly the darling of the press. If he was scrutinized as much as Hillary is, then Im not so sure he'd be the front runner right now. As a presidential candidate with little investigation of his background or his actual opinion on policy, the press unfairly gives him a free ride on his lack of substantive policy knowledge. While Hillary has real policy knowledge and answers to the serious questions facing the country, she uniformly receives bad press.

Thank you Cleveland Leader for running this story. I assume most people remember a woman named Gennifer Flowers who appeared on the scene in the 1992 Democratic Primary season and alledged an affair with Bill Clinton. I don't recall any news outlet saying the story was inappropriate or any major network refusing to run her highly publicized press conference. Unlike in the current situation, however, no illegal drug use was alleged. The public has the right to hear and make up our own minds. As much as I object to the politics of personal destruction, never have I seen such overt attempts to suppress negative information about a candidate as I have in the case of Senator Obama. All candidates should be subjected to rigorous but respectful vetting.

Thank for exposing this! If he is willing to take a polygraph test, that says something. He does not seem psycho to me.
You are a true LEADER in reporting news.

The people have a right to know "who" they are voting for. The Obama camp will try to spin this but if his polygraph test come back as true on all counts, they have some explaining to do.

What has he achived in the US Senate??????????? NADA.

Change change....................

How often have you mentioned Margie Shoedinger in your "paper"? She's the woman who filed actual court papers accusing Bush of sexual assault. Did the absence of a YouTube video cause you to believe the charges against a sitting president were not newsworthy enough to report? Your credibility now comes in somewhere between Star Magazine and FrontPageMag ... in other words, absent.

I always thought I smelled a rat! It's about time the rat got pulled out of the hat! Reality check people!
God Bless America!!!

The Patients Bill of Rights prevents anyone from obtaining medical records and information about any patient without their written consent. What makes anyone believe that you will simlpy find this out online? Sounds like the Obama camp is on spin mode already. Check YOUR facts!

I am have serveral questions I cannot get answered from the Sen. Obama campaign:

1) Sen. Obama is running as the self proclaimed agent for "change", then why would you hired former Clinton aides/staffers/advisors, campaign manager, etc. to operated your "change" campaign? Then denounce Sen. Clinton as being "more of the same" or the past. Not to mention, kissing up to the Kennedy clan for a "old school" endorsement.

2) Personally, I am offended by subliminal messaging from the Sen. Obama campaign, charactering Sen. Obama, directly or indirectly, as a JFK or MLK! These men are national treasures, who proved themselves with honor from years of achievement, scrafices and service to this country! I would like to know how Sen Obama sees himself in evaluation of similarities and differences between these two men he repeatedly quotes?

3) What is the full extend of Sen. Obama's dealing with Tony Resko? My sister lives in Chicago, Mr Resko was arrested and jailed by the FBI is a big story there. Sen. Obama said in a debate he only did a few hours of work for him during a debate. I have learned from my sister and the internet that Sen Obama has a personal and business relationship Mr. Resko. What is the real truth?

I would like the answers to these questions before I vote. Now, after seeing this video on youtube, I would like to know if this gentleman passed the detector test or not. Leader, please keep us posted.

Before jumping to any conclusions about his sanity, etc, let's see if his story checks out in terms of who is the limo driver, what hotel did he stay in during the time period that the events took place in Chicago, etc. Right now, Obama supporters are trying their best to kill the messenger and keep him from disrupting their idealized image of their candidtae. The rest of us need to know the facts and any skeletons in Obama's closet before casting a vote for him.

I hope the Cleveland Leader will do its readers a big favor by doing an investigative report into Sinclair's story and see if any of it checks out. He said quite a lot of details on the Jeff Rense radio show and that could be a starting point. Most important would be to track down the limo driver who Sinclair claims was a personal friend of Obama and introduced the then state senator to Sinclair.

I hope not only Cleveland Leader will not only investigate this story, but will also investigate Obama himself background. There is a of issues about Obama that need to be vetted, before he is handed the nomination.

Shame on you for posting a story about these UNSUBSTANTIATED CHARGES. Do you normaly make a practice of publishing stories without verifying them?

This guy Larry Sinclair wasn't even in Illinois at the time he says. I also read he was in a mental hospital at that time.

Your story sounds as if these claims are true.

I can't believe your agency has stooped this low!

Larry Sinclair Was In A Mental Hospital At the Time he said this all happened. Obama never even used a limo in Illinois, when you really pick apart this Sinclair character's story it all falls a part.

I can't believe you ran this story!

HIPAA rules on patient privacy prevent that sort of information being disclosed publicly, so where is the proof that he was in a mental institution as some Obama supporters claim? And if he can produce receipts and testimony from the limo driver who he claims introduced him to Obama, does that invalidate his claims?

Joey Gurwin,

Where is your proof that Mr. Sinclair was in a mental hospital? Time, dates, etc.? As a mental health worker, I would like to point out, because someone is hospitalized for treatment, does not make the person "crazy" nor a "lair". You maybe surprised to learn just how many people in this country are suffering with a mental illness or dependency issues, have been hospitalized for treatment.


Shame on you for posting a story about these UNSUBSTANTIATED CHARGES. Do you normaly make a practice of publishing stories without verifying them?

This guy Larry Sinclair wasn't even in Illinois at the time he says. I also read he was in a mental hospital at that time.

Your story sounds as if these claims are true.

I can't believe your agency has stooped this low!

I commend the LEADER for the story. The fact that a millionaire is offering the man $100,000 if he passes is a story itself.

If this were a white candidate this would have been blasted world wide.
If we want to get past race, everyone gets the same treatment. MSM cant sit on a story because it is a black candidate. Any reports should be about A Candidate.

Is the editor of WND a cyber-terroist?

Just like that other religious nut-job and shrewd, mendacious cult leader, L. Ron Hubbard, the Lies of WND’s editor Joseph Farah become ever more cynical and preposterous. Farah’s latest canard regards publishing a story alleging that Barack Obama is gay.

Fortunately, this sleaze charge, to use WND’s own words, is soundly opposed by this website:


Thank you for having the courage to report a story that all the major media is ignoring. The major media has been having a love fest with Obama and giving him a pass on everything. Obama is a candidate that needs to be vetted. Americans deserve to know the truth. I realize that a lot of people would prefer not to know the truth. I have listened to the interview with Larry Sinclair on the Jim Sumpter Show. Larry sounds believeable. I do not care whether Obama had sex with another man and did drugs back in 1999. I do care that Obama lied about how recently he used drugs. Americans don't want to elect another liar to the whitehouse. Listen to the interview yourself, click on the first hour on Feb 18

I'm a Hillary supporter and I don't believe this man. However, I do agree that the media has been biased in favor of Barack and that all stories deserve to see the light of day. If someone had made a youtube about Hillary it would have been covered even if the person was a proven bonafide nutjob. I'm glad someone above posted links to other stories that this paper has covered which shows that they've looked into Clinton and Edwards.

I think it's more than fair to see how Obama and his campaign respond to this charge. We all know that the Republicans are going to hit them with EVERYTHING in November. Shouldn't we know now if he can take the heat? It's a legitimate question.

I've already voted. I hope you voters in Ohio pay careful attention to everything. Some of the information on Obama is just coming out. It shows that the media is this close to turning on him. The question is CAN HE TAKE IT???

We certainly know that Hillary can!!!!

I'm sure he could pass a lie detector...lie detectors don't register deception with crazy people who think they're telling the truth.

I'm sure this Mr. Sinclair picked up some black guy at a dive bar, drove around in his 1991 GEO metro for awhile while they smoked crack and groped each other.

The dude is an admitted coke whore. Is is any suprise all black guys look the same in his delusions?

No one would open himself up to lawsuits up the ying yang as this freak would be doing alleging such a liberal type encounter so I'll be awaiting the results of the polygraph which this freak is submitting himself to, and until BroBama does the same and counter sues one can only surmise that this Sinclair freak is telling the truth.

If he is then he should be admitted to the liberal fan club with four stars seeing that he meets all the criteria for a liberal democrat voter based upon the encounter he alleges with Brother Barack.

Finally a mainstream newspaper that is not acting like a sychophantic cheerleader for Barack Obama.

It is unbelievable that the MSM has not said one word about Sinclair's allegations. Can anyone imagine the MSM being this quiet had it been McCain allegedly doing coke and having gay sex?

Well anyway we will know much more by next Tuesday, and Sinclair is taking a polygragh. I think Sinclair is credible after watching his youtube video.

I could be wrong but my business is spotting liars and he appears to be telling the truth, or at least he seems convinced its the truth.

Why not give the guy the polygraph test eh?

I want to thank your paper for having the courage to print this. I have followed this story for two weeks just waiting to see if it would come out.The media is giving Sen. Obama a free pass and it is so very blatant about it. Senator Clinton can not even call him out on the differences in their policies and point out his flip flops and his subtle misogyny,which is also used by the media against her,without being attacked.They have absolutely no qualms in calling Hillary Clinton a lesbian and a murderer and President Clinton a rapist and both of them racist and pimping out their daughter.We need a level and fair and balanced media in this campaign and I haven't seen any signs of that yet.I have no doubt this story would have been all over the news if it involved anyone else except Barack Obama. Thank you for reporting the news and letting the people know what is going on.

Thank you for finally publishing this story - it has been lingering for sometime and yes, the beat in Washington has been that this could be very threatening. I think it is about time that Barack Obama addressed this - either to prove his innocence and talk the stand and admit something...either way, his credibility is on the line, and there sure is something credible about what Sinclair has to say after hearing the consistency over a period of time, over this story.

Discount it or Admit it Obama...

It is Your choice and your choice alone.

Lets see what he has to say.

How come Britney Spears is always covered with her drug problems/mental health issues but they don't cover this? Where is the fair and investigative reporting here?

I don't think its shameful. Excuse me everyone Obama is running for president he is NOT off limits anymore!!!!!!!!!! If this were Hillary it would be all over the news. Cleveland leader you are very much respected for reporting this and doing your job to report all news.

I do hope this isn't Karl Rove at work. If we think he's 'retired' then we are on drugs ourselves. If this guy fails that test Obama will point to Clinton. How perfect that would be for Mr. Con Obama. huh?

If this was the work of Karl Rove, he would be after Hillary Clinton, Not Barrack Obama. The republican want Obama to win for the dems. They do not want to have to face up against Hillary Clinton. She would be a much tougher more experienced candidate to beat. With Barrack Obama, he will be easy to take down. Look in the news every day, the republicans are uniting more and more. Dumb democrats are stil fighting. We democrats have a history of kicking ourselves down. I have heard this time and again among from the republican: The republican loved it when John Kerry endorsed Obama! John Kerry gave Barrack Obama the kiss of the swift boat!

Georgie! Do you READ the news? Have you taken even a basic course in modern American politics?

The Republicans are scared crapless about Obama winning the nomination. He's beating McCain in EVERY head-to-head poll. Obama will wipe the electoral floor with McCain, who's old and creepy and uninspiring.

The Rebpulicans would LOVE to match up against Hillary in the general election. They see her as beatable and polarizing. She loses to McCain in every head-to-head poll.

This is not the work of Rove or the Repubs. It's the work of one sad, lonely, mentally unstable man. Larry, get some help. You need it.

Perhaps Obama's health care plan will help you afford it.

Haven't you noticed how Republicans are voting for Obama in droves? They have their nominee. Now they will choose ours. The one they want to destroy in the General election. They are scared to death of running against Hillary. Wake up! Those Republicans and half the independents who voted for Barack will vote for McCain, most of Hillary's supporters will stay home or vote for McCain, either way, McCain wins

The fact that the Democratic party allows independents to vote in their primaries and caucuses already gave an opening for the Republican party to game the system. Just have a number of Republicans pretend to be independent and choose the weaker candidate in the Democrats' primaries, thereby eliminating the more formidable one. Then dig up as much dirt (or make it up) on the weaker candidate chosen by the Democrats and then destroy him with it during the elections. The MSM will eat it up and do their best to play into Republican hands. It is, in fact, to the advantage of the MSM to stay quiet about Sinclair's allegations until after Obama is crowned as the Democratic nominee, for nothing would be more embarassing and damaging to the Democratic party and ensure McCain's victory than to have this explode on Obama's face.

This has been the first time, I have seen someone else speak out about this issue. I know to be true, that in Virginia, where I live, the word was spreading like wild fire, among republicans, to vote for Obama! As a life long republican, I was outraged! When I questioned the reasoning, I was told, voting for Obama would get Clinton out of the race. McCain had already got the republican approval for the nomination. I have written and spoken out to GOP about this situation. Has anyone not noticed why the support for McCain has been so low? It's not a concervative issue, or "Obama reaching across the party lines" as the stupid media sugguest, it's a logistical maneuver!

I was so angry, when I went to the polls, I voted for Mrs. Clinton. I firgured, if the GOP was that darn scared of her, she much be good. I am probably the only white man republican in Virgina that voted for the lady! But, she got one republican male vote.

I came across this issue about Mr. Obama, from a friend telling me about it. I don't know if it's true or not, but someone should be checking in to the drug issue. Thank you!

Cleveland Leader good job for printing the Story.
Let the people get the facts and make up their own mind. These other papers are jokes that don't believe in the 1st amendment. They hide behind it.

The Cleveland Leader is not a newspaper folks. It is a blog. You are probably just helping some web guru get some advertising dollars. This story has been floating around the web for a couple of months now.

I've seen responses on several of the main stream media blogs asking why they are not reporting this. The answer is obvious. It's just not true. Please go back to your lives.


Too Funny !!!
It made my day

Seems folks can't really admit that the Clinton's and their cult will sink as low as it takes. Ends justify means. The loyalty of the Clintonites is impressive... Just like the loyalty of Charlie Manson's girls.

Another Obama Blogger! Nice try! There are over 2000 paid Obama bloggers working to spin messages about other candidates on the internet.

"I'm Barrack Obama and I aprrove this message."

Thank you for looking into this Important story. Thank you for doing an Excellent Job at reporting Very Important Issues. In my opinion, This is a very Important Issue. Thanks once again for reporting this story. Many Thanks to the Cleveland Leader!! Please continue to report and investigate this issue!

it's the seriousness of the charge. Isn't that what everyone said when they put a flashlight up Clarence Thomas' special hole on nothing more than spurious, unproven claims? Doesn't feel so good now that they have their eye on your special boy Obama, does it?

The Only media that I can rely on to find the truth of this story is the Cleveland Leader. Thank you for having the Courage to do the right thing!

About time we have a paper with balls!

If it is true or not, it should be reported!, since there was a lawsuit filed.

I know you Hillary's supporter and her will do anything to get elected, let's play a fair game, let's not spoil somebody's record because he's better positioned than you....
Obama 08

Umm, I can't find a number for the Cleveland Leader Circulation Department. How do I get home delivery?

And, how can a newspaper not have classified ads?

Is this a real newspaper or just a web-site?

Looks like this is just a website - a relatively new one at that.

November 2006 is it's birthday.


I didn't think a reputable newspaper would print this crap.

For those of you who are asking the question. The reason the main stream media hasn't published this story is simply because they have heard the rumors, did their research, and found that the charges were baseless.

In about a week come back hear and you will find that the Cleveland Loser (uh Leader) no longer exists.

Some people shouldn't be allowed to read.